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Man Utd legend Giggs disagrees with Rooney over LVG: He made things complicated

Ryan Giggs has highlighted the differences between Sir Alex Ferguson and Louis van Gaal.

Wayne Rooney recently said Van Gaal was 'by far' the best tactical coach that he'd worked under.

And while Giggs understands Rooney's point, he believes the Dutchman made things much more complicated than they needed to be.

"I understand what Wayne was saying. Obviously we both worked under Sir Alex who I've known since I was 13," Giggs, who worked as an assistant to van Gaal, told the club's website.

"Sir Alex had everything – man-management, discipline, standards, tactics, knowing a player, but with him, because we had such good players who had been together for a long time, you'd just go out and play. You knew your role, it was just a matter of just tweaking it.

"With Louis it was probably the opposite. We played different systems under him whereas under Sir Alex we more or less just played one system and we'd tweak it.

"I can't remember us ever playing three at the back, maybe once or twice if we needed to hold on, but other than that we didn't."

He added: "It was about getting an understanding of the different ways to play. So I know what Wayne was saying because Louis worked a lot more on the training pitch with regards to patterns of play and tactical work.

"He'd come from Holland and also an international background and he took that into club football, so we had a lot of meetings – players felt sometimes too many!

"With Sir Alex it was quite simple. I'm not saying we didn't have meetings – of course we did – but we had such good players that the manager would just need to tell them once and it would just be a little tweak here and there, like Ji-sung Park would go and mark Pirlo for example and Ji would do it and do it brilliantly.

"So I know what Wayne meant in terms of learning a lot under Louis."

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